"Tap Dance" as written by and Kevin Patrick Devine....
You get back here
You do it so slowly
Do it calm, now
Don't be so angry

I got something
I've been chasing
Every day since I started walking

It just sits here
In the distance
It always flirts with the tips of my fingers

You thought that
You could love it
Until it touched you
And now you just wanna stop it

Well I'm sorry
It's not likely
It was here when you got here
And it'll be here when you're not here no more

And then some days
I get lucky
I can focus and things are less shaky

And I scrape you
Off the pale moon
And I slip you
Into soft shoes

And you tap dance
To a jazz band
On a cruise ship
Near an island

And your hair's up
You wear a short dress
And a wide smile
Your movements are careless

It's a daydream
I keep having
To make the clocks move
While I'm working

Or a bad joke
I can't sit through
And I smile because I feel like I have to

But if you'd look under the table
You'd see I'm playing with my knife
I'm slicing stripes into my kneecaps
And I'm struggling just to come off polite

We could be a snapshot framed and hung like a portrait
What if that's true and I'm the only one who knows it?

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"Tapdance" as written by Kevin Patrick Devine


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    General CommentThis song should be showered with comments in my opinion. I am consumed everytime i hear it by the overwhelmingly honest and beautiful lyrics.
    drinkliquidclockson August 21, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is by far my favorite Kevin Devine song. The lyrics
    "i've got something
    i've been chasing
    every day since i started walking"
    hit me so strong every time I hear them, and remind me never to give up dreaming.
    Jadestormon January 21, 2006   Link
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    General Commentsome days, I get lucky, I can focus and things are less shaky.

    this could be favorite-except that I can't ever pick.
    it's just another great one.
    daystoforgeton December 24, 2006   Link
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    General Commentabout coke and his addiction. very descriptive and full with imagery. a story told well and if youre a cokehead its something you can relate too i guess.
    tofuson February 25, 2008   Link
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    General Commentare you sure it's about drugs?
    it just reminds me of insecurities. i see it as more vague but I don't know drugs very well anyway.
    boringbrianaon April 05, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"or a bad joke
    i can't sit through
    but i smile cause i feel like i have to"

    shouldn't be "i can't see through"?
    calskiaon May 09, 2008   Link
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    General Commentit could be taken both ways i think. it could refer to drugs or to insecurities. it fits both. so go with what you think. it doesnt really matter.
    MOSHIxMOSHIx92on October 18, 2008   Link
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    General Commentits not about drugs...retards...its about a girl and its pretty damn literal. and its beautiful
    derekjw203on October 18, 2010   Link

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